Dolly Parton's dad got rid of TV gift when locals turned home into viewing station

30th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

Dolly Parton's dad got rid of the TV she bought the family - because it turned his home into a cinema.

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The country icon grew up dirt poor in rural Tennessee and she had to buy her family its first television on credit, because her parents refused to have one in the house.

But the plan backfired.

"I was on television before we even had one at home," Dolly tells Reuters. "In fact, I bought our first family television with my own money, putting it on credit and then paying it off every week.

"Nobody in our area had a TV, so everyone used to come over and watch shows like Woody Woodpecker and Daniel Boone, and then never leave. Finally my Daddy said, 'That television has got to go!'"

The TV wasn't the only thing Parton helped her parents with as she started to get wealthy: "With the first money I ever made I bought my Mommy and Daddy a car, and helped them fix their house up."

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